[Marketing Series] Demystifying Screenplay Contests

Beverly Neufeld
Reader, CAA, Gersh, FOX, Slamdance, and PAGE

Contests can be a great way of getting recognized but they can also be extremely confusing to navigate. Which ones are legit and worth it? Why do you keep placing high but never winning? Beverly Neufeld (Contest Reader, Slamdance, PAGE) is here to help you with the contest labyrinth! She's going to lift the curtain and give writers a look at behind the scenes of a contest so you can better understand not just what they are and how they work but what those results actually mean. 

This 90-Min. Webinar Will Cover:

  • Contests, with an emphasis on Slamdance
  • How readers are selected
  • The selection process for scripts 
  • How scoring works and what 'placing high' really means
  • Things to be aware of in your script before you submit
  • How to determine which contests are right for you
About Slamdance:

A staple in the industry for over 20 years, The Slamdance Film Festival is an annual film festival focused on emerging filmmakers and low-budget independent films to introduce them to the entertainment industry. The Slamdance Screenplay Competition is dedicated to discovering and supporting emerging writing talent. They welcome screenplays in every genre, on any topic, from anywhere in the world.

Notable Slamdance alumni who first gained notice at the festival include:
  • Christopher Nolan (INTERSTELLAR)
  • Marc Forster (WORLD WAR Z)
  • Lena Dunham (GIRLS)
  • Jeremy Saulnier (BLUE RUIN)
  • Seth Gordon (HORRIBLE BOSSES)
  • Lynn Shelton (HUMPDAY)
Box Office Mojo reports alumni who first showed their work at Slamdance have earned over $11.5 billion at the Box Office to date!
About Your Host

Beverly Neufeld graduated from UCLA’s MFA Screenwriting program. She received the covetous Samuel Goldwyn Award (first place) for her Latina gang drama, BROWN WIDOW, which also won the UCLA Screenwriting Showcase and came in 6th at the Chesterfield Competition. Since then she has been a finalist in the Nicholl twice. Beverly is the founder and president of the UCLA MFA Screenwriting Alumni Organization dubbed “The UCLA Cartel.” Beverly freelances as a script reader and consultant for various agencies, companies, and competitions such as CAA, Gersh, FOX, Slamdance and the PAGE competition, and recently was the director of development at Juntobox Films working with filmmakers Philippe Caland and Forest Whitaker.

What To Expect

Immediately after registering, you will receive an Order Confirmation that serves as the receipt for your registration. In the Order Summary section of this email, there will be a link reading "CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS" that will take you to the page containing the Webinar recording. Under that link will be the Password you'll need to unlock the page and enjoy!


If you have any questions or any trouble accessing the recording, email our Director of Education Alexandra Davies at alex@roadmapwriters.com!

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